ASA Blog

National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction Week

Join ASA, May 3rd – 7th, as we participate in OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction week. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Among workers, approximately 20% of fall injuries involve ladders, and among construction workers, an estimated 81% of fall injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms involve a […]

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Prepare for Breakup

To many, spring means tulips, grass, and Easter. To me, spring means sunlight, pavement to walk on, and home improvement, definitely not tulips, not yet anyway. In Anchorage, the weather is finally warm enough to open doors and windows without heating the neighborhood. For me, this means home improvement! This is the time of year […]

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Earthquake 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018, was just like any other ordinary day. I woke up, let the dogs out, got ready for work, and drove my morning commute, Palmer to Anchorage. I arrived at the intersection of Benson Boulevard and New Seward at 8:27 AM. While waiting for the light to turn green my car started […]

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Hunker Down Habits

If you’re one of the lucky? unlucky? that are still working at home, it might be time to re-evaluate your hunker down habits. For me, staying motivated and getting my job done, were the easiest parts of working from home during our COVID-19 office closure. Taking enough breaks, stretching, not thinking about work all the […]

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Slowly but Surely?

Slowly but surely many of us are returning to our normal work commute. Unfortunately, it’s not always the case that everyone is travelling slowly enough, and it is never guaranteed that we will reach our destination safely. I have a 10-minute commute most days. Within the first week of returning to my daily commute, and […]

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New Norms of the North (Slope)

On the North Slope, we were already used to doing things a little differently before COVID came along. Safer, smarter, and more sanitary was our norm. Even still, we’ve stepped it up for COVID. Dining halls now quiet enough that you rely on your nose to tell you that lunch is being served. The normal […]

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5 Ways Augmented Reality Can Improve Safety on Construction Sites

Our world is changing, and in many ways, for the better. One currently popular use of tech is creating augmented reality, AR for short. But what is AR and how exactly can it help improve worksite safety? What is Augmented Reality?VR, or virtual reality, creates a totally immersive surrounding generated by a computer. Augmented reality, […]

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New CBTs 2018 ASH Update and NSTC Unescorted Hybrid Course Now Available Through the ASA Online Portal!

Self-isolation. Quarantine. Hunkering Down – Whatever you call it, this “new normal” is requiring significant modifications to everyday life. As we continue to adapt daily business practices to address COVID-19 precautions, and adjust face-to-face meetings to online interactions, the ASA team has been working to create training solutions to meet the continued demands of Alaska’s […]

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More Coffee Won’t Solve This

The “new norm” for most seems to be working varied hours and more of them. For many I know, a not so obvious impact of this change, has been fatigue. Fatigue is something that affects everyone at some point. If you battle fatigue with anything but rest and sleep, eventually you will lose. More than […]

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Remote Proctoring for NCCER Craft Instruction

Due to school closures and social distancing, NCCER has been working behind the scenes to launch Remote Proctoring via the training portal. Remote Proctoring for module exams is a way to keep training moving forward during this time of COVID-19 and social distancing practices. While delivering classroom training through distance delivery, certified instructors are only […]

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